Chocolatiers Marimba to open new shop in Bury St Edmunds town centre creating job opportunities
Family business Marimba plans to welcome customers to the new venture at the former Artico jewellers, in Buttermarket, on April 24.
The 14-year-old company has a shop and café in Sudbury and moved its chocolate kitchens to a site, in Northern Way, Bury St Edmunds, five years ago.
Marimba makes chocolate bars and truffles and specialises in flaked hot chocolate, which is served in more than 500 cafés across the country.
It is produced using single-origin chocolate from South and Central America.
Director David Wright said: “We’ve always had a stand on the Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre.
"People have asked ‘why don’t you have a shop here?’. This one came up and it looks absolutely perfect for us.”
The shop will provide a hot chocolate takeaway service.
A publisher of aviation and medical magazines, David and his wife Jackie launched the business after spotting a gap in the market for quality hot chocolate.
“I don’t like coffee and I would always struggle to find something nice to drink if I didn’t want tea,” he said.
“Hot chocolate to me was always sort of powdery and not very good. We thought we could do better so we opened our own cocoa house in Sudbury.”
Marimba employs about 15 people and is a real family affair for the Wrights.
Jackie looks after production, while their son Brad is in charge of sales and training, daughter Katherine Robinson oversees product development and daughter Josiane Wright works on the flake making.
The new shop is looking for three full-time staff plus two weekend positions.